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Porch Cafe, Galveston, TX

Porch Cafe

4.7
4.7
715 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Our food, like the Island itself, is meant to be fun, casual and not over complicated — simple, fresh ingredients served in an imaginative and creative way. Whether our carefully sourced Gulf Coast seafood or our delectable Texas Steaks, our seasonal menus maximize the pleasure that is "a simple life by the sea."

Great food.
Good friends.
Just steps away from the beach.
We look forward to seeing you soon!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 17 times today
Experiences are available.
Private dining

Private dining

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–8:00 pm Happy Hour Thu, Fri 5:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (409) 762-0808

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Resort Casual

  • Executive chef

    Sean Walker

  • Catering

    Please visit our website for information about booking your next special event or contact Debbie Andolino at events@porchcafe.com or Christina at christina@porchcafe.com.

  • Private party facilities

    Our private dining areas vary from small parties (10-30 guests) in our private back room to larger events hosted in the entire restaurant, which could potentially serve 120 guests. We have two main dining areas and two porches. Each seat approximately 35.

  • Private party contact

    Ryan Olsem: (855) 900-7486

  • Neighborhood

    Galveston

  • Cross street

    Seawall Blvd

  • Parking details

    Public Parking on Street

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Wine & Whiskey Dinner

    $75.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Join us every Sunday evening at 6:30 to enjoy an amazing four-course dinner, hand-crafted by our Executive Chef. The dinner includes a wine or whiskey pairing to compliment each dish and a descriptive paring detail to explain all tastes and flavor profiles experienced throughout.

What 715 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Houston

    Great for brunch

  • Houston

    Great for scenic views

  • Galveston

    Best Ambiance

  • Galveston

    Best Value

  • Galveston

    Innovative

  • Galveston

    Good for groups

  • Galveston

    Neighborhood gem

  • Galveston

    Great for scenic views

  • Galveston

    Seafood

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  1. M

    Mack

    Houston

    37 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The service is terrific but we'd like to see the happy hour menu change or be expanded.
  2. S

    Sensa

    Philadelphia

    38 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great neighborhood atmosphere. Great drinks. Great service. But NY strip tough:(.
  3. DC

    DaveC

    Houston

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff is friendly and the food is excellent!
  4. DK

    DavidK

    Houston

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service!
  5. B

    Budman

    East Texas

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service! Can’t beat that combo!
  6. VA

    VirtuAl

    Houston

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our group of about 10 couples was seated at a long table situated in a private room amenable to viewing nearby beachside houses. The accommodations were excellent enabling all of us to be comfortably seated throughout the meal. The server (Christine) was truly a delight and enthusiastically welcomed us as we joined the group. She brought us our selected food preparations which were absolutely delicious and also elegantly presented. The Porch Cafe handily afforded us a top-notch dining experience which we intend to repeat on a regular basis!
  7. TT

    TommyT

    Houston

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I will be 70 this year this by far was the worst dining experience I have ever had . Starting with the salad that had no dressing to the steak that was cut in half because they were running out . Had 8:15 reservations after two hours of waiting we received our entree which was over cooked . Manager came by and made the statement that she had no idea what was going on in the kitchen. Maybe you should check Damn sure not going back
  8. M

    Maykin

    San Antonio

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed our dinner experience at Porch Cafe. Our server and the Mgr. informed us they were short staffed that evening immediately and allowed us to make the decision to still dine. It was totally fabulous! They made the experience personal and we felt like we had known them for years! Courtney , our server was very informative in answering every question we had about the menu and helped us make great choices. Among our entrees, we had the fried green tomatoes, gnocchi and the lambchops. Everything was delicious. We had our 5 year old son with us and they made him a special butter pasta that he went to town on! I would highly recommend a stop if you want something off the beaten path with good food and service.
  9. MH

    MichaelH

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The restaurant was beautiful and the food was amazing. The ambiance made it feel like we were the only ones there. Would have given 5 stars across the board but we couldn't see the gulf so I took 1 away on the overall.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love having breakfast here on the porch outside. The jalapeño cheddar grits are the best! And the biscuit with honey and cinnamon butter… Yum! My eggs and bacon were both perfectly cooked and the service was impeccable.
  11. BL

    BLTx

    Houston

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food quality
  12. DM

    DianaM

    Denver

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always provide great food and service for our Palisade Palms happy hour group.
  13. M

    Mack

    Houston

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are a group of 12 ish and were seated in a private room with excellent service from Christine. The food is awesome.
  14. B

    Budman

    East Texas

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, great Happy Hour !
  15. RS

    RandyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wine pairing dinner was excellent!! Potato and Leek soup was delicious start then the steak, spinach and garlic mashed potatoes were perfect - Lemon cheesecake finished the meal - Perfect meal!
  16. AP

    AlysonP

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    These guys are just fantastic! I always bring my out of town guests, here, as I know the food will be delicious and the atmosphere is outstanding. We felt bad, the other night, as we were the last ones at the place....but the entire staff was so gracious and never once made us feel like they wanted us to leave. This place is a true gem on the island and a break from the fried seafood options you so often see.
  17. NF

    NellFor

    Houston

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great food and bloody Mary’s.
  18. AF

    AmateurFoodCritic

    Houston

    84 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    84 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Couldn't be more pleased. Great food, staff and atmosphere.
  19. AF

    AmateurFoodCritic

    Houston

    84 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    84 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant is a great get away from the usual hot spots in Galveston. Indoor and outdoor dining areas, great food, views and service. We'll be back very soon!
  20. AF

    AmateurFoodCritic

    Houston

    84 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    84 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We dined here a few times during our Galveston stay. Each time we were greeted and seated right away. Enjoyed every dish ordered. Service and atmosphere all ideal. Highly recommend.
  21. LR

    LawrenceR

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were amazing. The sunset added to the experience.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    Pricier and small selection on the menu.
  23. JW

    JimW

    Houston

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Once again I was overly impressed by the selection and quality of the food that comes out of the kitchen! Plus the GREAT servers that they have, all pitching it to help out an every table so that diners get prompt service was a joy to watch. Even though it was a light night with the Astros playing in the World Series, the food was as exceptional as the service. If you have not been here lately you owe it to yourself to go!
  24. AW

    AnaisW

    Houston

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    This was my second time dining at the Porch Cafe for Brunch. The last time pre COVID I do believe the shrimp and grits were better. However, everything from the bang shrimp to the lamb lollipops were delicious. Their specialty mimosa also did not disappoint. Christie was awesome even though we had a large party of 8.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This quaint off the beaten path place is excellent! The ambiance is mellow. A wonderful little beach restaurant. The food was excellent!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Courtney was amazing and the Chef is outstanding! Thank you both for a wonderful evening!!
  27. PO

    PattyO

    Austin

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    limited menu but everything they do, they do well. perfect neighborhood spot. casual with upscale product.
  28. GB

    GexarBexar

    Houston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Laid back, friendly staff, good food. Nice breeze during our visit. Hidden gem.
  29. PC

    PatriciaC

    Corpus Christi

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite places to eat in Galveston. Unlike most restaurants on the Seawall, this place is quiet and not crowded. It does not feel like a tourist trap.
  30. DM

    DianaM

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always enjoy our relaxing meals at Porch. Dorn (sp) is the absolute best waiter. Love happy hour and brunch chicken n waffles
  31. CP

    CindyP

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was excellent! Love the pretty atmosphere inside and out! We will be back soon,
  32. PC

    PatriciaC

    Corpus Christi

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place! Food is great, charming atmosphere. We are going back tomorrow!
  33. E

    Erika

    Austin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and super nice waitress! Will definitely come back for a special occasion
  34. JB

    JeffB

    Houston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Meh. Went for the wine and whiskey pairing dinner. Small Caesar salad, white wine, two small lamb chops and about 2 tablespoons of jalapeno grits with red wine, salmon with yet another tablespoon or two of the same grits with white and cheesecake (Sysco foods??) with Prosecco for dessert. While reasonably tasty, with the exception of the salmon that was way undercooked, this is nowhere near worth the $75 per person price. Seriously, grits for both sides? Server was not familiar with the wine pairing at all. Read some prewritten notes. When asked about the whiskey pairing that was advertised, and is reflected on the menu, they seemed surprised but, did provide a SINGLE whiskey for us to share. 6 courses with (Scallops, roasted tomato soup, Sea bass, Lobster, filet along with 5 wines described by a sommelier and a chocolate ice cream bomb with a dessert cocktail on a cruise ship cost me the same.
  35. RG

    RebeccaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for Sunday brunch and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Cute ambience, excellent food. They insist that you have a reservation, probably because it is a small kitchen. We had one so we were fine, but others were turned away while we were there.
  36. c

    charlese

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have eaten brunch at the porch 4 or 5 times since the first of the year and thoroughly enjoy it every time, especially like the chicken and waffles.
  37. c

    charlese

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We just discovered the porch earlier this year on a trip to Galveston and have now added it to our list of favorites
  38. TR

    TanyaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a beautiful brunch place! Great atmosphere. Very friendly staff and relaxed vibe. Excellent food and drinks!
  39. JF

    JasonF

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience5
    Very disappointed. Food was significantly bland. The bread in the appetizer was cold in the center as though it had been heated after being stored in the refrigerator. The eggs from the deviled eggs were hard/rubbery as though they were old… and the appetizer itself was bland. The shrimp and crab linguini was also bland. Shrimp was poorly cooked and a large heap of garlic on the side of the plate was unappetizing. Waiter failed to remove appetizer or salad plates before bringing out the main course leaving us to scramble to make space.
  40. A

    Andrea

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly staff! Beautiful building! Delicious food! 10/10 reccomend!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Porch Cafe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (409) 762-0808.

Porch Cafe is rated 4.7 stars by 715 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 17 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Porch Cafe

1625 East Beach Drive, Galveston, TX 77550

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Seawall Blvd

  • Neighborhood

    Galveston

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–8:00 pm Happy Hour Thu, Fri 5:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Steak

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Resort Casual

  • Parking details

    Public Parking on Street

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Sean Walker

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (409) 762-0808

  • Catering

    Please visit our website for information about booking your next special event or contact Debbie Andolino at events@porchcafe.com or Christina at christina@porchcafe.com.

  • Private party facilities

    Our private dining areas vary from small parties (10-30 guests) in our private back room to larger events hosted in the entire restaurant, which could potentially serve 120 guests. We have two main dining areas and two porches. Each seat approximately 35.

  • Private party contact

    Ryan Olsem: (855) 900-7486

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